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Legal Charities Garden Party

50th Anniversary – 14th June 2018

The Legal Charities Garden Party (LCGP) was six years in the planning and was largely the brainchild of Dennis Gordon, the principal founder of the Holborn Law Society. It was set up with the express aim of raising funds for charities which provide financial support for lawyers (and their dependents) who find themselves in need. Dennis Gordon, together with Allan Judd (who had been Mayor of Holborn and the third President of the Holborn Law Society) considered possible venues and the first Garden party was held in Gray's Inn on 6 June 1968. The following month, the Law Society Gazette reported that: “The [Holborn Law] Society held a highly successful garden party on the lawns of Gray’s Inn. The proceeds of the party, which was organised in aid of the Solicitors’ Benevolent Association, amounted to nearly £350”. There followed a full page of photographs.

It was decided to repeat the occasion the following year, but to change the venue to Lincoln's Inn, which was more central. The LCGP has taken place in Lincoln's Inn every year since then up until 2015 when it moved to Gray's Inn to allow for Lincoln's Inn redevelopment works.

Mishaps have been few. Rain could be a disaster, save for the benchers of Lincoln’s Inn generously putting both the Great Hall and the Old Hall at the disposal of the event; that said, we have generally been lucky with the weather over the years and, only on a tiny number of occasions, has the party had to adjourn indoors. In 1972 there occurred another kind of mishap. H.R.H. Princess Margaret was the chief guest. That year marked the centenary of the Barristers’ Benevolent Association, of which she was Patron, as well as being an Honorary Bencher of Lincoln's Inn. In order that money should not be seen to be changing hands in the presence of Royalty, the cost of unlimited champagne was added to the price of the ticket. Perhaps, inevitably, the champagne ran out!

The pattern of the party has changed – but only modestly - over the years. Originally, tickets were bought solely by individuals. Since the early "noughties", however, more and more firms and chambers have recognised the opportunity for their own entertaining and "corporate supporters" (who are permitted to set up their own tables at the edge of the lawn) are now actively encouraged.

 

The British 10k London Run

15th July 2018

The BBA relies on donations and support from barristers. By taking part in the British 10k London Run you could help make a difference. The run is through the heart of central London on roads closed to traffic and passing many of the capital’s truly world class landmarks. Run by Trafalgar Square, the Embankment, Big Ben and more on our hop-on-keep-hopping run tour. Flat and iconic, the classic course is ready for your best time and your best selfie. This headline running event will include a British Street Party – with a twist! In addition to a flat, fast 10k through London's famed sites, there will be music at every kilometer – you'll be pounding your feet to the beat.

To show your support for the BBA please register directly with virginsport by clicking the link opposite or alternatively, if can't make the race you could always take part in our DonateAnHour programe.


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We believe that almost every member of the practising Bar can afford to donate at least a sum equivalent to one hour of their charging rate without feeling a real difference. 

One hour is all we ask but please give more if you can afford it. You can donate clicking the JustGiving button opposite or alternatively by phone using your credit or debit card or send us a cheque our contact details can be found here.

In 2017 we received an increasing number of applications from younger members of the Bar some of whom are suffering long term illness and disabling conditions and find that their needs are not met by other benefits. Without help from the BBA they would struggle to manage their essential basic living costs. For case studies refer to our Annual Reviews which can be viewed by clicking here.


Past events


What is an Ultra Marathon?

15th July 2017

An Ultra Marathon is much more extreme than a marathon, in fact most runners will run the equivalent of two marathons a week and will enter a normal marathon race every three weeks just to train for it. Ultra Marathons are at least 8km further, cross country and runners have to carry their own supplies so they can be carrying enough food and water with them because there are limited water stops. On top of that Ultra Marathon runners can also look forward to chafing, stomach aches, hallucinations, blurred vision, cuts, bruises, hypothermia, mussel cramps, stress fractures and even losing the odd toe nail or two.

It's obviously not for the faint hearted so you can imagine how pleased we were when friend and supplier to the BBA, Neil, asked if he could run on our behalf. Neil will be attempting The Chiltern Challenge on the Saturday 15th July 2017 so please show him your full support and donate to his JustGiving page by clicking on the button opposite.

We will of course be updating this story after the event to let you know how he got on.

Neil's Chiltern Challenge 2017 

Saturday 15 July 2017, 09.35

"For the past four years, my IT company, NECL, has been advising and assisting the BBA with all their computer needs. 

Working closely with the Barristers Benevolent Association we appreciate the valuable work they do in helping past and present practising members of the bar in England and Wales including the judiciary, their families and dependants.

Given our close working relationship, I am delighted to have the opportunity to undertake some fundraising by running the Chiltern Challenge Ultra Marathon. which takes place on 15th July 2017.

For those of you who know me, I am a keen club runner who has completed three marathons (26.2 miles) and a number of half marathons (13.1 miles). The Chiltern Challenge with a distance of 31 miles is beyond any distance I have ran before. It will take months of training and preparation as well as a huge effort and a little luck on the day. 

I really hope that you can support me by making a donation for this very worthwhile cause."


Ultra Marathon Update

1st February 2018

For those who were kind enough to support Neil running in the ultra marathon for the BBA last year, here are some details on how the race went and how Neil faired in the endurance event.  I am delighted to have had the opportunity to undertake some fundraising by running the Chiltern Challenge Ultra Marathon which took place on 15th July 2017. The event took months of training and despite being a keen club runner it was by far my toughest challenge yet.  I completed the event in 7 hours 7 minutes and came 178th out of a field of 255.  I raised £2,555 excluding gift aid. If you would like to sponsor me it is not too late.  Please just click on the JustGiving link opposite”


Legal Charities Garden Party

6th July 2017

The Legal Charities Garden Party (LCGP) was six years in the planning and was largely the brainchild of Dennis Gordon, the principal founder of the Holborn Law Society. It was set up with the express aim of raising funds for charities which provide financial support for lawyers (and their dependents) who find themselves in need. Dennis Gordon, together with Allan Judd (who had been Mayor of Holborn and the third President of the Holborn Law Society) considered possible venues and the first Garden party was held in Gray's Inn on 6 June 1968. The following month, the Law Society Gazette reported that: “The [Holborn Law] Society held a highly successful garden party on the lawns of Gray’s Inn. The proceeds of the party, which was organised in aid of the Solicitors’ Benevolent Association, amounted to nearly £350”. There followed a full page of photographs.

It was decided to repeat the occasion the following year, but to change the venue to Lincoln's Inn, which was more central. The LCGP has taken place in Lincoln's Inn every year since then up until 2015 when it moved to Gray's Inn to allow for Lincoln's Inn redevelopment works.

Mishaps have been few. Rain could be a disaster, save for the benchers of Lincoln’s Inn generously putting both the Great Hall and the Old Hall at the disposal of the event; that said, we have generally been lucky with the weather over the years and, only on a tiny number of occasions, has the party had to adjourn indoors. In 1972 there occurred another kind of mishap. H.R.H. Princess Margaret was the chief guest. That year marked the centenary of the Barristers’ Benevolent Association, of which she was Patron, as well as being an Honorary Bencher of Lincoln's Inn. In order that money should not be seen to be changing hands in the presence of Royalty, the cost of unlimited champagne was added to the price of the ticket. Perhaps, inevitably, the champagne ran out!

The pattern of the party has changed – but only modestly - over the years. Originally, tickets were bought solely by individuals. Since the early "noughties", however, more and more firms and chambers have recognised the opportunity for their own entertaining and "corporate supporters" (who are permitted to set up their own tables at the edge of the lawn ) are now actively encouraged.


Help us help people like you

Most of our clients, for obvious reasons, prefer to remain anonymous. That's why your donation is so important, you could be helping a colleague, friend or their dependants get the financial or emotional support they need and although hopefully you will never need us yourself if the worst was to happen we will be there to help you and your family through any difficulties you may have.

We believe that almost every member of the practicing Bar can afford to donate at least a sum equivalent to one hour of their charging rate without feeling any real difference. If you agree please support us by clicking on the JustGiving button opposite or by contacting Nicky or Annette through the 'Contact us' page of our website.


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If you have any questions about The Barristers’ Benevolent Association or you'd like to make a commitment to helping Barristers in need of support, please fill out the 'Quick Enquiry Form'  by clicking on the button opposite or contact us using the details on the 'Contact us' section of our website.